Below are the 2017 Offshore Symposium Distinguished Speakers.

2018 Speakers are coming soon. 


Luncheon Keynote

Design of a Disconnectable Mooring for the Stones FPSO:  Challenges and Solutions

 

Dr. Steve Leverette

Dr. Steve Leverette

Product Account Manager, SBM Offshore

Dr. Steve Leverette is Product Account Manager for SBM Offshore.  He has been with SBM for 22 years, and has been in the offshore industry since 1977.  He graduated from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute with a PhD in 1977.  Following 9 years with a major oil company, and 10 years as president of his own engineering company, he joined Atlantia in 1995, which was subsequently purchased by SBM.  Much of his career has been in the development of Tension Leg Platforms and semisubmersibles, but most recently Steve has been involved in the design of the Turritella FPSO in 9500 ft of water for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico.  During the course of his career, Steve has worked with the API on the Offshore Structures Subcommittee, and has chaired the workgroup which produced the API RP 2T, 3rd edition, the Recommended Practice for the Design of Tension Leg Platforms.  In his current role at SBM, Steve helps guide the product development and provide the client interface for TLP’s and semisubmersibles.  He continues to give project guidance for challenging problems, and provide mentoring to the next generation of creative engineers.  Steve is currently SNAME’s representative on the Offshore Technology Conference board of directors.


Panel Discussion Members

“Unlocking Opportunities in a Challenging Environment”

Mike Celata

Mike Celata

Gulf of Mexico Region Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Mike Celata has held various responsibilities within BOEM and its predecessor agencies for the past 20 years. He holds a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College and attended the Boston College Master of Science Program, where he was a seismological research assistant. He began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon and was with the company from 1984 to 1988, generating prospects in the onshore MAFLA Smackover trend. During his federal service, Mike has served as principal authority to enhance the development, acquisition and implementation of geoscience and petroleum engineering software at the agency and has provided guidance and expertise for the effective use and management of geological and geophysical data. He was Chief of Resource Studies from 2005 to 2010, where he provided oversight for geological play assessments, petrophysical analysis, and G&G permitting for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS. Most recently, Mike has played a key role in advancing geological and geophysical survey activity along the Atlantic coast as Deputy Director for the Gulf of Mexico Office.

Craig Colby

Craig Colby

Lead Naval Architect, Diamond Offshore

Craig Colby graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Naval Architecture. After service in the US Navy, Craig starting working in the offshore industry in 1994. He has worked with Noble Denton, DNV and for the last 10 years at Diamond Offshore, where he is the Lead Naval Architect supporting both drilling rig operations and new build activities. Craig was previously the SNAME Texas President in 2002.

Denby Morrison

Denby Morrison

Delivery Manager, Civil/Marine, Shell

Denby Morrison holds an MS and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Civil Engineering.

He has  35 years experience in “Deepwater” Offshore Systems technology, design, construction and project management. This included major projects with McDermott International  (8 yrs) and  Shell  (26 yrs). He has been instrumental in developing  strategies around major offshore projects and standardization (e.g. gFPSO) leading to solutions that delivered top quartile cost & schedule.

He is currently the Offshore Structures TA-1 for the Americas & was a prior Global Discipline Head for Shell. He has been a Delivery Manager in Floating Systems for 10 years. He has led numerous multi-disciplinary groups as PM in major deepwater projects. incl. Holstein Xcat Spar (forerunner for Holstein), Hot & Sour Shell developments, Gulf Landing LNG, DeepStar Deepwater Technology, gFPSO.

He holds patents in compliant tower designs, subsea heave-compensated deployment systems, SCR service monitoring, & LNG technology that attest to hands-on,  design, fab & installation experience in major projects.

Ray Fales

Ray Fales

Chief Consultant Floating Systems, Granherne-KBR

Ray has a BSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from University of Houston. He started his career in the offshore industry at Todd Shipyards building tank barges, crane barges and offshore modules in 1975. He moved to Pace Marine Engineering in 1978, marine consulting firm where he was involved in the design of jack-up, semisubmersible and submersible drilling units. In 1985 he joined DNV where he was involved in the classification, verification and survey of offshore drilling units, risk management and inspection of equipment. Later he was manager of offshore operations in Houston and then Regional Manager for South America in the late 1990’s. In 2000 he took the opportunity to join ABS Consulting responsible for Europe and Asia where grew operations in China and managed the merger of ABS and EQE in Europe and Asia. He joined ABB Lummus Global in 2002 in the Deepwater group as Manager Technology Development that focused on new and improved offshore platforms (semisubmersibles and TLPs) and niche FLNG based upon ABB’s turbo-expander technology. Upon ABB closing down the Deepwater group at the end of 2004, he joined Bureau Veritas as Director Power, Utilities, Oil & Gas which performed owner’s engineer services, verification and inspection of equipment and plants in the LNG, pipeline and offshore industry. Significant projects included certification of onshore pipelines in Israel, vendor inspection of Petrobrás’ Cascade-Chinook’s subsea equipment and owners engineer for Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, Gulf LNG in Pascagoula and Energia’s Costa Azul Terminal in Baja California. He was called back to DNV in 2010 as Director Market and Business Development for the Americas. He took the opportunity to join Granherne in 2011 as Chief Consultant Floating Systems. Granherne is the global consulting arm of KBR and the premier provider of field development planning, process, safety, marine, subsea flow assurance and integrity management services, with 250 technical professionals in Houston, London and Perth. He has been the project manager for numerous FPSO and field development studies projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West Africa.

David Petruska

David Petruska

Upstream Technical Authority & Team Leader – Floating Systems & Metocean, BP

David Petruska is the Segment Engineering Technical Authority and Team Lead for floating systems and metocean at BP.  He has over 25 years of experience in the offshore industry primarily focused on deepwater.  David is responsible for leading the floating systems discipline within BP Upstream organization.    He was previously the chair of the API Stationkeeping Task Groups and is a member of API RP 2RD on riser design, 2FPS, 2FSIM and 2MIM.  He has also worked as the floating systems and riser technical authority for the GoM, the Atlantis project marine authority and the mooring lead on the Mad Dog project to implement the first polyester mooring system in the GoM.   Prior to joining BP, he worked 9 year for Mobil and then ExxonMobil in a variety of roles spanning operations, projects and R&D.

David Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a doctorate of science, masters and bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering – Structures.  He has published numerous technical papers over the years.

Evan Zimmerman

Evan Zimmerman

Executive Director, Offshore Operators Committee

Evan H. Zimmerman has two decades of experience in offshore related engineering, technology development and risk management.  Mr. Zimmerman has held senior management roles in the offshore oil and gas service sector in the United States, North Sea and Australia.  Mr. Zimmerman holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the South Texas College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He has received numerous patents for offshore related technology, served in key roles in many industry and academic initiatives, and received many awards for service or accomplishments including a Corporate Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Interior.  Evan is currently the Executive Director for the Offshore Operators Committee in the U.S. and Vice President and CTO for Vryhof Group internationally.


Ethics Course Speaker

David Howell, P.E.

David Howell, P.E.

Deputy Executive Director, Texas Board of Professional Engineers

David Howell has been the Deputy Executive Director for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers since November 2013 and served as Director of Licensing prior to that.  He has over 25 years of engineering experience working for the State of Texas, ten of them with the Board. As the Deputy Executive Director, he helps oversee all agency functions including Enforcement and Licensing activities.  He is responsible for legislative reporting and implementation, rule development, budget and policy issues, and represents the Board at statewide and national functions. David has been selected to represent the Texas Board on several national taskforces and committees related to engineering licensure, public outreach and exams.  He prepares and gives Licensing and Ethics live and webinar presentations to engineering organizations, universities and other groups.

David has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.  Prior to coming to the Board, his work was primarily in the field of environmental engineering.


Morning Session I : Offshore Structures

A Boundary layer profile for Wind Tunnel Testing

Brian Cheater

Brian Cheater

Director of Naval Architecture, GustoMSC

Brian graduated with a M.Eng from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He first worked as a ship surveyor with Lloyd’s Register in Eastern Canada before moving down to Houston in 2000 to work with Noble Denton. He was Chief Naval Architect at Friede Goldman from 2007 to 2013 Following which, he spent 2 years at Conoco before joining GustoMSC in 2016.  He has been active with a number of committees.

John Andrew Breuer

John Andrew Breuer

Retired Consultant

John Andrew Breuer graduated from the School of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1972.  He dedicated his first 25 years to shipbuilding both abroad and in the USA including eight years at Bethlehem Steel yards in Beaumont, TX and Sparrows Point, MD.  He completed his career with 22 years at the Offshore Engineering Department at American bureau of Shipping (ABS).  He is currently retired but engaging on occasional consulting and supporting SNAME.

Comparison of Friction Algorithm in Finite Element Solvers 

Nathan Cooke

Nathan Cooke

Senior Engineer, INTECSEA

Nathan Cooke graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has seven years of cumulative experience in the oil and gas industry, ranging from component-level design and product development to integrity management. Through his graduate studies in mechanical engineering, he has established a strong technical background in finite element modelling using state of the art software packages. His research and recent industry experience have enabled him to specialize in local and global flexible riser analysis as well as detailed pipeline design.

Semi-submersibles Brace to Column Connection – A means for Improved Performance and Reduced Structural Weight

Roy Cottrell

Roy Cottrell

President, Cottrell & COttrell, LLC

Roy Cottrell has 40 years of experience in senior positions in Engineering and Project Management with extensive background in the related industries of shipbuilding, mono-hull design, single point mooring and offshore floating platforms. He is experienced in all facets of project based business. Responsibilities included FEED studies, engineering design, cost estimating, bids and proposals, critical path scheduling, contracting, negotiating, strategic planning, sales and marketing, engineering department creation and management, patent process management, relationship development with customers and subcontractors.

Roy has a strong ability to proactively identify opportunities for development, through successful implementation utilizing practical business, technical strategies and innovative solutions. He holds six patents in single point mooring field. He is fluent in Spanish, conversational French, and beginning Kiswahili and Mandarin. He holds a MBA – Finance and Strategy from Rice University and a MS – Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University. He received his BS – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.

A Response Conditioned Wave Approach for Structural Analysis of FPSOs Presenting Resonant Second Order Roll Motions

Flavia Rezende

Flavia Rezende

Manager, Technical Development, Bureau Veritas

Flavia is Manager of Technical Development for Bureau Veritas in Houston. She holds a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro with post-graduation in hydrodynamics. She joined Bureau Veritas in 2001 working in Rio de Janeiro plan approval office and was mostly involved with hydrodynamics and mooring of offshore platforms. In 2006 she moved to BV Research Department in Paris, as a Research Engineer in Hydrodynamics. In 2010, she returned to Rio as Technology Development Manager, where she was in charge of R&D activities. Recently, at the end of 2016, she moved to Houston as Technical Development Manager in charge of offshore engineering services for USA and Canada. During the course of her career she participated in several Industry committees and work groups, including ISSC, FPSO Forum, IACS, etc. During which time, she has published numerous papers, primarily focused on offshore hydrodynamics.


Morning Session II : Mooring Systems

Corrosion Performance of Thermal Sprayed Aluminium Coating in Offshore Mooring Chains

Aintzane Exposito

Aintzane Exposito

R&D Project Manager, Vicinay Marine innovación

Aintzane Exposito finished her Degree in Industrial chemical engineering at Polytechnic College of San Sebastian in 2007. She received her M. Eng degree in Materials Engineering from the University of the Basque Country in 2009.

From 2008 to 2010 Aintzane worked at Vicinay Cadenas S.A. in the Research and Development department. Since then she has been working at Vicinay Marine Innovación in materials area.

Her main research field is degradation mechanisms with special focus on material characterization.

Saving Rig Time and Mitigating Risk Through “Quick Release” Mooring Systems

Ginny Whisenhunt

Ginny Whisenhunt

Staff Engineer, Delmar Systems

Ginny Whisenhunt is a staff engineer with Delmar System’s Research and Development team located in Houston, TX. Her work experience involves engineering, designing, numerical and scaled model testing, and providing operational support for offshore mooring and subsea installation projects, including hydrodynamic, geotechnical, and structural design and engineering of specialized equipment for various offshore projects using the latest Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. Ginny graduated in 2013 from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering.

Global Performance of a Turret-moored Large Tanker in Complex Sea States Dominated by Swell and Wind-Seas

Razieh Zangeneh

Razieh Zangeneh

PhD student, University of Maine

Razieh is doing her PhD at university of Maine under the supervision of Prf. Krish Thiagarajan. She works on theoretical and experimental evaluation of heading instability of moored ships in waves and winds.

A New Light-Weight Semi-Submersible FPS for Offshore Marginal Oil and Gas Field Development

Yanbin Bai

Yanbin Bai

Engineer, COTEC Inc

Yanbin Bai received his Ph.D degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2014.  During his doctoral study, he worked on development of mesh reduction methods, such as Boundary Element Method and Mesh free Method.  At present, Dr. Bai is a Senior Engineer at COTEC.  He actively involves in floater design, global performance, mooring system design and analysis as well as structural integrity assessment of floaters so as to guarantee the safety of these designs.


Morning Session III : CFD/Hydrodynamics

Improvements on the CFD Tools for Green Water Analysis of Offshore Structures

Daniel Barcarolo

Daniel Barcarolo

Hydrodynamics Engineer & Project Manager HydrOcean, a Bureau Veritas Group Company

Daniel is a naval engineer graduated at UFRJ in Brazil with a Master and a Ph.D. degree in Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering by Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France. He has seven years of experience on the development and use of innovative CFD tools for Naval and Offshore hydrodynamic problems. Currently, his activities focus on evaluating and optimizing the hydrodynamic performance of naval and offshore structures using advanced CFD tools.

Validating CFD Models in the Energy Industry – Why and How?

Uday Godse, Ph.D., P.E.

Uday Godse, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Engineer, Wild Well Control, Inc.

Uday Godse is a Senior Engineer at Wild Well Control – Advanced Engineering Group. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Texas at Austin, MS from Texas Tech University and Bachelor’s degree from Aurangabad University, India. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 6 years. He has more than 12 years of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) experience with expertise in erosion predictions, subsea gas dispersion and thermal analyses. He is also a registered PE in state of Texas.

Interaction Analysis for Module Marine Transportation

Yan Zhang, Ph.D., P.E.

Yan Zhang, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Structural Engineer, Exmar Offshore Company

Yan Zhang has over 6 years of experience in structural analysis and design of offshore oil and gas platforms ranging from modifications of existing structures to new-build. Her work areas range from global and local strength analysis, hydrodynamic loads, buckling and spectral fatigue analysis. She joined Exmar Offshore Company from 2011. Her major projects include production semi, drilling semi and seafastening design.

Yan Zhang obtained her BS and MS degree in structural engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and her Ph.D. degree in structural engineering from The University of Akron. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

VISVE, a Vorticity Based Model Applied to the Alternating Flow around a Cylinder

Zhihao Li

Zhihao Li

Graduate Research Assistant, Ocean Engineering Group at UT Austin

Zhihao Li is currently a graduate research assistant in the Ocean Engineering Group at UT Austin. Supervised by Prof. Spyros A. Kinnas, his research involves numerical simulation of unidirectional and alternating flow around cylinder using RANS and LES, and development of a CFD code, VISVE, based on the viscous vorticity equation, to predict the corresponding pressure distribution and drag and lift coefficients. He worked with the ANSYS Icepak Development team during his internship in the summer of 2016.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He plans to graduate in May 2017 with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from UT Austin.


Afternoon Session I : Renewables/Subsea

Ultimate Strength Assessment for Corroded Subsea Flowlines

Dr. Gwo-ang Chang

Dr. Gwo-ang Chang

Senior Managing Principal Engineer, ABS Technology Subsea team

Gwo-ang has more than 35 years of Marine and Offshore engineering experience with expertise on hydrodynamic and structure and analysis on floater, riser, pipeline as well as subsea equipment.

Currently, he and his team are working on the ABS guide and/or guidance note development on subsea production and processing system as well as multiphase flow slug effect on riser and pipeline with special focus on HPHT application.

Shape Monitoring of Subsea Pipelines through Optical fiber Sensors: S-Lay process Case Study

Pierre de Lacaze

Pierre de Lacaze

Instrumentation Engineer, Cementys

Pierre de Lacaze is an instrumentation engineer with Cementys’ office in Houston, he has worked in the design, qualification and deployment of several fiber optic sensing systems in Oil & Gas and Civil Engineering applications.

Pierre holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers, in France.

Dynamic Performance Analysis of a new Semi Type Offshore Wind Turbine Platform

Sung Youn Boo, Ph.D

Sung Youn Boo, Ph.D

Vice President, VL Offshore LLC

Sung Youn Boo holds a Ph.D. degree in ocean engineering from Texas A&M University. He has more than 28 years of experiences in hydrodynamics, offshore floating system, naval architecture and mooring. Projects performed include floating wind turbine platform, TLP, FPSO, semi, spar and off-loading system.

 

His expertise is on tendon system analysis, spread and turret mooring analysis, global performance, mooring and tendon fatigue analysis, stability analysis, model testing, transportation analysis and renewable energy platform design.

RANS?Lifting Line Model Interaction Method of the Design of Ducted Tidal Turbines

Mr. Weikang DU

Mr. Weikang DU

Ocean Engineering Group of University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Weikang DU got his master’s degree from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2014. Now he is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Ocean Engineering Group of UT Austin, working with Dr. Kinnas.


Afternoon Session II : Mobile/Offshore Platforms

A Viable Dry Tree Semi-Submersible Concept with Tapered Columns

Dr. Wei Ye

Dr. Wei Ye

President, ZOMC

Dr. Wei Ye is the President of ZOMC, a joint venture of ZPMC Heavy Industry and OffshoreTech LLC (OTL) for offshore transportation and installation. And he is also the Chief Operating Officer of OTL. He has 20 years of industrial and academic experiences in naval architecture and offshore engineering, with strong background in marine hydrodynamics and riser engineering. He extends executive and technical leadership for projects including design and analysis of SCR, TTR, flexible riser and umbilical systems, design and analysis of offshore floating structures such as Semi-submersible, FPSO, Spar, and TLP, and offshore heavy transportation and installation. Dr. Ye graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a Ph.D. degree in naval architecture and ocean engineering.

Moonpool Effects on the Structural Assessment of Drillships

Flavia Rezende

Flavia Rezende

Manager of Technical Development, Bureau Veritas

Flavia is Manager of Technical Development for Bureau Veritas in Houston. She holds a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro with post-graduation in hydrodynamics. She joined Bureau Veritas in 2001 working in Rio de Janeiro plan approval office and was mostly involved with hydrodynamics and mooring of offshore platforms. In 2006 she moved to BV Research Department in Paris, as a Research Engineer in Hydrodynamics. In 2010, she returned to Rio as Technology Development Manager, where she was in charge of R&D activities. Recently, at the end of 2016, she moved to Houston as Technical Development Manager in charge of offshore engineering services for USA and Canada. During the course of her career she participated in several Industry committees and work groups, including ISSC, FPSO Forum, IACS, etc. During which time, she has published numerous papers, primarily focused on offshore hydrodynamics.

OPTI Series Production Semi-Submersibles Hull Sizing Process

Dr. Zhigang Kevin Tian

Dr. Zhigang Kevin Tian

Lead Naval Architect, Exmar Offshore

Dr. Tian is a lead Naval Architect in Exmar Offshore Company. He has leading roles in various design and development projects for production semi, drilling semi and TLP. His work involves water wave mechanics, hull sizing and global performance, mooring system design and analysis, seakeeping model tests, and marine structural strength analysis.

Prior to his affiliation with Exmar, Dr. Tian had worked as a Research Professor at the University of Maine and KAIST, focusing on deep water waves, wind-wave interaction, and marine hydrodynamics. Dr. Tian obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, and his Doctoral degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.

GSF Galaxy I Jackup Case Study for Optimizing Rig Move Performance in North Sea using an Advanced Simulation Model

Jose H. Vazquez

Jose H. Vazquez

President, 3Dent Technology, LLC

Dr. Vazquez is a graduate of the University of Houston and is the co-founder and President of 3Dent Technology, a company that provides Naval Architecture design and consulting services to the offshore industry.  He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston, where he teaches a graduate course on the Analysis and Design of Offshore Structures.

Dr. Vazquez began his career in 1995 as an assistant professor in the MASE department at Texas A&M University in Galveston, TX.  In 1999, he became the Technical Director for a Naval Architecture firm in New Orleans.  After hurricane Katrina, the company relocated to Houston and he eventually became its president and CEO.

Dr. Vazquez’s expertise is waves and structures.  He lead the hull design team that brought the first post-Katrina dry-tree deep water floating installation to the Gulf of Mexico.  He oversees and directs 3DENT’s liftboat design as well as jackup/semi-submersible consulting efforts to ensure quality and compliance with engineering and construction practices as well as regulatory agencies.


Afternoon Session III : Integrity Management/Big Data

Reliable and Accurate Determination of Life Extension for Offshore Units

Jonathan Boutrot

Jonathan Boutrot

Offshore Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas

Jonathan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Modeling of Materials & Structures from the French Engineering School – Ecole Centrale Marseille.

When he joined the technical team of the Sales & Marketing Department of Bureau Veritas, he worked as a Structural Naval Engineer for different types of offshore floating assets, with a particular focus on FPSOs, dealing with corrosion and fatigue analysis in view of design assessment and life extension analysis.

Jonathan is now undertaking the management and execution of different structural analyses and he is in charge of the commercial development of the Offshore Floating projects at Bureau Veritas.

Big Data – The Transformation of the Offshore Oil and Gas and Shipping Sectors Through Big Data and Advanced Analytics

Colin Frost

Colin Frost

Founder, Energective

Colin is the Founder of Energective, an energy-focused, transformational data-driven management consulting firm based in Houston. He has over 25 years experience in the oil and gas sector, and has led strategic assignments all over the world. He has worked with several of the leading oil and gas operators and service providers, including Schlumberger, BP, Marathon, Devon, Statoil, Lukoil, Petrobras, Hess and ABS. He is an expert in petro-technical data management, Big Data and Analytics and has led several strategic data-driven business transformation projects across the E&P value chain to improve safety, operational efficiency and profitability.

Colin previously led IHS/CERA’s consulting division in Houston. He also held the role of Director of the Energy & Utilities practice at PwC and spent the first 10 years of his career at BP, where he won multiple Financial Times industry awards for streamlining inter-company business processes including transforming the way ships were chartered and tracked.

Colin graduated with honors in Computer Engineering at Manchester University, where IBM R&D Labs sponsored him. He is married with 2 children and enjoys flying and cycling in his spare time.

Solving the Drone Data Dilemma

Robert Arthur Albright Jr.

Robert Arthur Albright Jr.

Product Engineering Manager, HUVRdata LLC

Robert Albright Jr. (Rob) has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. His work experience includes 10 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle Flight Controller, and over 15 years in the Oil & Gas industry where he served several project management roles, in areas ranging from software, to mechanical integrity, Non-Destructive testing, and infrared inspection. Mr. Albright is currently the Product Engineering Manager at HUVRData LLC, an Austin based startup that is dedicated to bringing the best available aerial inspection, mapping, and data analytics tools to the energy industry. Rob is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and Toastmasters. Additionally, he is a member of the International Standards Association (ISA), American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Society of Underwater Technology (SUT), and Subsea Engineering Society (SES). He is currently pursuing a MS in Subsea Engineering from the University of Houston.

Key Technical Alignments in the Harmonization of Fixed Offshore  Platform Design Codes

Shih-Hsiang Liu, Ph.D

Shih-Hsiang Liu, Ph.D

Technical Professional - Marine, Energo, a KBR company

Shih-Hsiang Liu is currently a Technical Professional – Marine at Energo, a KBR company and has worked on a variety of projects such as seismic assessments, fatigue analyses and fire analyses of offshore structures. His expertise includes structural analysis, finite element analysis, and performance of offshore structural systems.

Shih-Hsiang Liu received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University and National Taiwan University in Taiwan, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2012.


Closing Session : Integrity Management

How Classification Societies can be Efficiently Involved in the Current Offshore Industry Cost Reduction Era

Olivier Benyessaad

Olivier Benyessaad

Marine & Offshore Division of Bureau Veritas, Offshore Business Development Manager

Olivier is graduated with a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from the French Engineering School « ENSTA Bretagne ». When he joined the technical team of the Sales & Marketing Department of Bureau Veritas in 2009, he worked as a Structural Naval Engineer for different types of floating units, with a particular focus on FPSO’s dealing with corrosion and fatigue issues. From end of 2011 to 2014, he worked closely with the Risk and Safety team of Bureau Veritas Head Office to perform Risk Assessment and Reliability analysis on Offshore Gas Installations such as FSRU, LNG RV and FLNG units. Since mid-2014, he is in charge of the commercial development of the Offshore Business at Bureau Veritas with a particular focus on the Offshore LNG & Subsea Businesses.

Conceptual Study of a Paired-column Semi-submersible Platform for a 1.5 MTPA FLNG

Jun Zou

Jun Zou

Director of Naval Architecture, Atkins Energy Inc

Jun Zou is the Director of Naval Architecture at Atkins Energy, Inc., a company of Atkins. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (Ocean Engineering) from Texas A&M University in 1997. His interests are

a) Global performance analysis of TLP, SPAR, Semi, FPSO/FLNG and floating wind turbine (FWT) including two-body or multi-body coupled analysis and hydrodynamic/aerodynamic coupled analysis (FWT);

b) Mooring/tendon design and analyses

c) Wind and wave basin model testing, VIM model testing and FWT model testing

d) Research and development of new concepts and software.

He is an active participant in industry conferences and workshops, authoring and presenting over 60 technical papers.

Revisiting Global Response of FPSOs in Shallow Water and the Riser Analysis Requirements

Amir H. Izadparast

Amir H. Izadparast

Senior Research Engineer - Hydrodynamics and Mooring Group, SOFEC

Amir Izadparast is a senior research engineer at Hydrodynamics and Mooring Technology group of SOFEC. Since joining SOFEC in 2011, he has worked on analysis and design of mooring systems of turret moored and spread moored FPSOs and FLNGs. His work involves numerical and analytical analysis of mooring systems, physical model testing and data analysis, detail design of anchor leg components, and installation engineering and support.  He has also been active in numerous joint industrial projects and has been performing applied research on the global response of mooring systems.

He has a PhD degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MS degree in marine structures from University of Tehran.

EDP Buoy

Anil Sablok

Anil Sablok

Chief Engineer - Offshore Technology Services, Technip FMC

Anil Sablok is Chief Engineer of  Offshore Technology in TechnipFMC. He has more than twenty-six years industry experience working in Naval Architecture, Hydrodynamics, Floating Structure Sizing, Structural Analysis and Design, Riser Analysis and Design, Mooring Analysis and Design, Jacket and Topsides Structural Design, Cathodic Protection,  Foundation design, Fabrication and Installation of Platforms. He has managed and has been Chief Engineer on various large projects in Technip. Has worked on different conceptual design and FEED of floating structures including planning and execution of model tests.  As a Chief Engineer, he is responsible for reviewing and approving the design of the floating structures in TechnipFMC.